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Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.

Virginia Beach & Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers Ready to Work for You

We focus exclusively on personal injury law. We cannot legally state we are the best injury lawyers in Virginia or beyond. However, we can tell you that many of our lawyers have been selected for the highest honors in our area of law.

For example, lawyers with our firm are listed in the Best Lawyers in America (published by U.S. News & World Report; since '11) and the Virginia Super Lawyers publication. (since '10).  Also, attorneys with our firm have perfect 10.0 ratings on Avvo and the highest available "AV" Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.






Nationally Recognized in the Field of Personal Injury Law

Our team of attorneys are recognized across the country as authorities in personal injury law. Each of our attorneys take the time to publish and edit in-depth articles on a nationwide online publication known as the Legal Examiner. The Legal Examiner focuses on health and safety awareness and we edit three sites based on geographic regions: (1) Virginia Beach-Chesapeake-Suffolk , (2) Norfolk-Portsmouth-Hampton ,and (3) Greenville-Outer Banks-Rocky Mount. In addition, firm attorney Rick Shapiro is a featured author for Legal Examiner and was given the responsibility of compiling and drafting Legal Examiner's "Top 10 Civil Justice Stories" for the year.  

In addition to being featured authors on personal injury topics, our attorneys have been asked to lecture and make presentations to other attorneys on pertinent personal injury issues. For example, Rick Shapiro has spoken at conferences hosted by the American Association for Justice, one of the leading trial attorney organizations in the United States.

Along with educating fellow attorneys about the intracacies of personal injury law, our attorneys are utilized as legal analysts for network television (tv) news outlets including ABC, NBC and CBS.  

Track Record of Large Verdicts and Settlements

Along with professional accolades and national recognition, our firm has had success in the courtroom. For example, our firm, along with co-counsel, obtained a record-setting jury verdict in October 2000. At that time it was the largest verdict in Virginia's history for an injured person suffering a traumatic brain injury ($46 million verdict, but with interest the total rose to $60 million).              

Our lawyers handled jury trials throughout the state including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, the Eastern Shore, Richmond, Petersburg, Roanoke, and innumerable other cities and counties in Virginia.

Examples of cases the firm handles:

  • Medical malpractice injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Trucking accident injuries
  • Car accident injuries
  • Motorcycle wreck injuries
  • Railroad worker injuries
  • Railroads disease claims (e.g., mesothelioma)
  • Faulty product injuries
  • Product recall injuries (e.g., DePuy hip implant)
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Boating accident injuries

There are a small number of personal injury law firms that have actually been involved in transportation/vehicle injury litigation in nearly every state along the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S.A. (Our injury law handles cases in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and beyond).

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